Moms who have suffered miscarriages are slamming Planned Parenthood for its tweet comparing miscarriage to abortion. The liberal media have yet to cover it – but that’s not stopping more women from chiming in.
On Friday, Planned Parenthood Action Fund quoted feminist writer Danielle Campoamor on Twitter after she insisted that there’s “no difference” between a woman who has had a miscarriage and a woman who has had an abortion. The quote came from a piece she wrote for Romper, where Campoamor serves as editor.
“There is a common misconception that the mom who miscarries is a very different person than the woman who aborts, but I’m here to say there is no difference,” Planned Parenthood cited her words in a tweet. “I am both of those women.”
“There is a common misconception that the mom who miscarries is a very different person than the woman who aborts, but I’m here to say there is no difference. I am both of those women.” –@DCampoamor https://t.co/si6ejCrgrL pic.twitter.com/mKFfxpwbrm
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) December 8, 2017
Inside her article, “I’m Miscarrying Right Now, & It’s Only Strengthening My Beliefs About Abortion,” Campoamor went more in-depth:
“Miscarriage and abortion are sisters. Just like my body knew what to do when an abnormal embryo implanted itself in my uterus, my mind knew what to do when a healthy embryo found its way to the soft lining of my uterine wall back when I was 23 years old, in an unhealthy relationship, living paycheck-to-paycheck, unwilling and unable to be a mother.”
“Perhaps, one day, I will feel another kick, hear another heartbeat, and experience another pregnancy,” she concluded. “But for now, and while I am sad and in pain, I will find comfort in the knowledge that every outcome of pregnancy — be it a miscarriage, an abortion, or a birth — is normal.”
But parents on Twitter passionately agreed with her philosophy – mainly because abortion is a “choice” while miscarriage is not. Many spoke from their own experience of miscarriages.
As a woman “who has suffered 2 miscarriages,” Allison called the tweet’s argument “absurd.” She elaborated: “Choosing to end a life is NOT the same as having that little life taken away from you. Guilt and grief are not the same.”
As a woman who has suffered 2 miscarriages, this is absurd. Choosing to end a life is NOT the same as having that little life taken away from you. Guilt and grief are not the same.
— Allison Sanford (@pickally15) December 11, 2017
Another, named Brenda, exclaimed, “NO IT’S NOT! I lost 5 pregnancies. One was twins. I wanted 5 or 6 kids.” While she “considered aborting the first,” she changed her mind after “talking it thru with a family member.”
One woman who suffered three miscarriages added, “I see pregnancy and life as a blessing always, you consistently see it a choice no matter the outcome. We are very different types of moms.”
I miscarried three times & never would have an abortion. I believe my babies are all important, those who died and those who still thrive. I see pregnancy and life as a blessing always, you consistently see it a choice no matter the outcome. We are very different types of moms.
— christianlady (@iheartIAM) December 10, 2017
A woman named Catriona added, “Wow. As a young woman of 25 who miscarried my first and only child, (still trying)…. this is so HIGHLY insulting. I WANTED my child. Big ass difference.”
Another tweeted, “You want to hear stories from woman who have had an abortion? Go to a therapy group and listen in! It’s not that pretty! Believe you me! I’ve had one! I almost died! I also mourned! I hated myself for years!”
Another who suffered a miscarriage, Kelsey, revealed, “Besides the obvious differences like intent/death from natural causes vs violence, the absence of choice for a woman who miscarries is painfully ironic for a business that clings to an outdated mantra about ‘choice’.”
Kami agreed: “As a woman who has suffered a miscarriage, there is a huge difference. One is a conscious choice, the other is not and is often a terrible heartbreak. You do not speak for all women and trying to equate the two is heinous.”
Similarly, Angie said, “As a woman who suffered multiple miscarriages, then preemies, your statement is offensive. The act of CHOOSING to end a baby’s life is vastly different from losing a pregnancy. Stop spreading misinformation and murder propaganda.”
Other Twitter users who reacted were related to or knew women who suffered miscarriages.
One user warned, “Oh boy…..don’t even go there. My best friends just lost their child 2 weeks from their due date. NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE SAME THING!!!!!!
Women who have experienced abortion also disagreed with Planned Parenthood’s tweet and Campoamor.
Mel, who has shared her abortion story on Twitter before, tweeted, “As someone who had an abortion 30 years ago and is still haunted by it. This is incredibly evil and completely untrue. My guilt is a guilt of choice, theirs is unwarranted. My hurt was self-inflicted, theirs were not.
As someone who had an abortion 30 years ago and is still haunted by it. This is incredibly evil and completely untrue. My guilt is a guilt of choice, theirs is unwarranted. My hurt was self-inflicted, theirs were not.
— A Girl Has No Name (@Mellecon) December 9, 2017
Even abortion supporters expressed fury at Planned Parenthood.
Lessie tweeted, “This statement is so wrong. There is a difference. Miscarriage there is no control. Abortion is control. I’m both and when I miscarried I wanted to die when I held my dead baby. When I aborted my baby I felt a sense of relief. BIG DIFFERENCE Stop the lies.”